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"THE DAY IT SNOWED TORTILLAS" by Joe Hayes

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1) The Day It Snowed Tortillas / El Dia Que Nevaron Tortillas, Folktales told in Spanish and English

Story also found in More Best Loved Stories Told at the National Storytelling Festival, 1992.

Joe Hayes' story, "The Day It Snowed Torotillas," goes like this:
Bones:
Foolish, talkative woodcutter husband finds three bags of gold in the forest, brings it home to his wife. Wife knows man won't be able to keep secret. Sends husband to town for hundred pound sack of flour. Husband goes, grumbling all the while. When he returns, she cooks favorite dinner and sends him to bed.While he's sleeping she makes batch after batch of tortillas, then spreads them on the ground outside the house. When woodcutter awakes and looks out the window, he sees tortillas and exclaims. Wife replies, "It must have snowed tortillas." Husband says he never heard of that. Wife says it's because he hasn't had much education. Makes him dress up in Sunday clothes, packs him a lunch and sends him off to school.When he gets to school, teacher finds out he can't read, puts him with first graders. He has to cram his large man's body into a little first grade school desk. When the teacher calls him to the board with the others, he can't do the math problems, copies name of the child next to hin. Children laugh at him and he stomps out of schoolhouse and goes home. Wife tells him it's okay, he should just go up to the mountains and chop wood.Some weeks later, while husband is out chopping wood, wife sees three robbers approach the house. They kick the door open, tell her they want the gold her big mouthed husband has been talking about in town. Say it belongs to them. Wife claims not to know anything about the gold, says her husband is always saying foolish things. Robbers wait for husband to return. When he returns, and robbers surround him, he calls out to her, "What happened to that gold I found in the mountains a couple of weeks ago.?" Wife replies, "What gold? I don't know anything about any gold." Husband says, "Don't you remember? It was just before the day it snowed tortillas and you sent me to school?" Robbers conclude the man really is crazy and depart.

This one is a cleverwife/foolish husband and a fun story to tell! Jane Yolen also has a variant from Hungary in her book Favorite Folktales from Around the World (Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library) which is very close to the one on Richard's website.

Created 2004; last update 5/26/09

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